1 Corinthians 1:31 (Jeremiah 9:24)
Therefore, as it is written: "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord."
"Here it is, Mom."
My son, Daniel, hands me a list of the boys he wants to invite to his upcoming birthday party.
In perusing it, I note two new names added since last year and a familiar one that's strangely missing.
"Daniel, why isn't Joey's name on this list?"
Daniel scowls and folds his arms defiantly over his chest.
"We're not friends anymore."
"Not friends? But, you've been friends with Joey since kindergarten! What happened?"
"Remember the week I was trying out for the school play, Charlotte's Web?"
"Well, that's when it all started. Joey bragged all week long that he was going to get the part of Wilbur. Kept boasting that he was the best singer in chorus. That he could act better than any of us."
"So, when you landed the lead role . . ."
"Yep! He hasn't spoken to me since. He's such a jerk!"
"Now, Daniel, don't call him a bad name. Maybe, Joey would like to speak to you, but is too embarrassed after all his sounding off. Maybe, he's waiting for you to make the first move."
Daniel ponders this for several moments.
"So, Mom, you think I should invite Joey to my party anyway?"
"That's up to you, honey, but, it would be a nice gesture."
"But, what if he doesn't come? What if he's not embarrassed, but just hates me?"
"There's only one way to find out."
When the day of the party arrives, so does Joey. All smiles. Joking. Toting a large, gaily wrapped gift which he hands to Daniel.
"You'll love what's in here," Joey assures him. "I've got something just like it, only better."
Are you boasting today in anything other than the Lord?
Will you join me in prayer?
While it's true, Father, that some of us can do things better than others, make us ever mindful that this does not make us better than someone else in Your eyes. Let us not brag to others about our talents and worldly goods. Let our only boast be in You. Amen.
Psalms 45 or 47, 48
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